Name: Dianne Elizabeth Lake
Date of birth: 2/28/1953
Place of birth: Hennepin, Minnesota
AKA: Snake, Dianne Bluestein
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While the country was still reeling from the news of a two-day murder spree across Los Angeles that left seven people dead, a then-16-year-old girl named Dianne Lake was learning first-hand details about the 1969 slayings that would change her life forever.
Dianne Elizabeth Lake was born in 1953. While Dianne was still very young, her parents embraced the hippie lifestyle and brought their young daughter with them to Wavy Gravy’s Hog Farm Commune in southern California. It was while living there that Dianne met Charles Manson at a party in Topanga Canyon. Charlie immediately took a liking to the auburn-haired beauty and it was not long before she became a permanent fixture on the black magic bus. she joined the Family with her parents permission. After spending some time with the group the dynamics between Manson and Lake seem to have changed and Manson seemed to have it out for Dianne, often beating her in front of others.
In October of 1969, Dianne was arrested with the family in the second Barker Ranch raid. In December, Lake broke her silence and she provided the District Attorney with loads of incriminating evidence against Manson and the family.
A year later, at age 17 and after being institutionalized, Lake found herself in front of Manson, this time in an L.A. courtroom, testifying against him.
Once the trial was over and first-degree murder convictions were returned against Manson, Lake tried to move forward with her life — marrying, raising three children and earning a master’s degree in education.